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Wildlife Conservation Board awards $1.25 million toward Avila Pier rehabilitation

Wildlife Conservation Board awards $1.25 million toward Avila Pier rehabilitation
Posted at 12:28 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 01:00:35-04

The Wildlife Conservation Board on Wednesday awarded a $1.25 million grant to the Port San Luis Harbor District toward the rehabilitation and reopening of Avila Pier.

The grant will be used to repair parts of the pier and provide a path along the pier which will be accessible for people with disabilities, according to a news release sent to KSBY.

In addition to the grant, the Avila Beach Community Foundation also awarded $10,000 to the Port San Luis Harbor District in 2019 toward the pier rehabilitation project.

The harbor district says it is currently waiting for other grant applications to be processed.

Officials with the harbor district say they have contracted Moffatt and Nichol to make a repair plan, which they say "will be completed soon." Once the plan is finished, the harbor district says it will work on securing permits and issuing the project for public bid.

Harbor district officials estimate it will cost at least $2.5 million to rehabilitate and reopen Avila Pier for at least 25 years.

To help fund the pier rehabilitation project, community members can make a tax-deductible donation at AvilaPier.org.